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Thursday, September 06, 2018, 18:15 - 20:30

 

 

 

 

 

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        Yoichiro Sato           Hidekazu Sakai

 

The so-called lost two decades of Japan’s economic power since the early 1990s have generated the idea among scholars in the discipline of international relations that Japan is no longer a significant player. Instead, policymakers and academics alike now focus far more on the rise of China. In “Re-rising Japan: Its Strategic Power in International Relations”, Yoichiro Sato and Hidekazu Sakai challenge this idea head-on with evidence that Japan is actually a major power in today’s international relations where the interests and power of the United States and China have increasingly clashed over many issues. Join us for a discussion with the authors on Japan’s strengths as well as weaknesses, and the evolution of Tokyo’s strategy in facing challenges from China as well as the shift in U.S. foreign policy.

 

Indeed, since the Abe cabinet re-emerged in December 2012, there has been growing academic interest in Japan’s bold monetary/financial/social policies (Abenomics) and relatively assertive security policy. Where is Japan heading, and what path has it taken since the 2000s? This book responds to these questions.

 

Yoichiro Sato is Professor, College of Asia Pacific Studiesand the Dean of International Cooperation and Research at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU). Previously, he taught at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and others.He has published ten academic books including “The Rise of China and International Security” (co-edited with Kevin Cooney), “The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance” (co-edited with Takashi Inoguchi and G. John Ikenberry) and “U.S. Engagement in the Asia Pacific” (co-edited with See Seng Tang). He has appeared in various international media, including Time, Newsweek and others. Sato holds a B.A. in Law from Keio University, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii.

 

 Hidekazu Sakai is Associate Professor, College of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai University. His most recent publication is “Soft-Hard Balancing: Japan’s Responses to Chinese Expansion in the South China Sea” in Eurasian Studies Quarterly (2018). His forthcoming publication is a book The US-Japan Security Community: Theoretical Understanding of Transpacific Relationships from Routledge later this year. Sakai holds a B.B.A. from Soka University, M.A. in International Relations from California State University, Fresno, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

The library committee is offering a cocktail party–"Meet the Author"–starting at 6:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6:45 pm (Menu: Grilled Salmon with Herb / Seasonal Salad / Bread / Cheese Soufflé / Coffee or Tea). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges are 2,100yen / 3,500yen (members / non-members) per person. The member price is applicable to members’ guests.

 

To FCCJ members: Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

 

To non-members: Sign up now at the reception desk by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please reserve and pay in advance by Monday, September 3rd. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. No refund is available unless the event is cancelled for the reasons on our part.

 

(The talk will be in English)

 

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